Anonymous writes: Film reveals inventor's fight over wiper design
By JOHN FLESHER – Aug 14, 2008
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — For two decades, Robert Kearns waged an
obsessive crusade against the auto industry, which he accused of
stealing his invention. It destroyed his marriage, brought on a mental
breakdown and may have cost him millions.
All because of a dispute over a humble piece of equipment: the intermittent windshield wiper.
exactly the stuff of Hollywood drama, you say? Veteran film producer
Marc Abraham would beg to differ. He found Kearns' story so captivating
that instead of hiring a director to bring it to the screen, he did the
"There was something about this story that I felt so
personally committed to," said Abraham, who makes his directorial debut
with "Flash of Genius," starring Greg Kinnear as Kearns. The movie,
distributed by Universal Pictures, was shown during the recent Traverse
City Film Festival and opens in theaters Oct. 17.
had a lot of respect for average working people," said Abraham, a
Kentucky native who drove a beer truck, waited tables and sold baby
pictures door-to-door while trying to break into show business. "Bob
wasn't an ordinary man; he was probably a genius. But as a person, his
lifestyle, his family scale, he was just an average guy. So I felt like
I understood that."